Senior Expert Contact

Promoting entrepreneurship through expertise - Imparting technical skills through volunteer work. Through their services, Senior Expert Contact (SEC) experts provide hands-on, direct support to companies and institutions in their efforts to grow. 
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Swisscontact Benin
6.3558488
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swisscontact peru
-12.107061
-77.03224689999999
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swisscontact nicaragua
12.126757
-86.25812529999999
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swisscontact nepal
27.6870248
85.31423079999999
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swisscontact laos
17.9575397
102.6318804
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swisscontact kosovo
41.3310337
19.8078796
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swisscontact Bolivia
-16.5097753
-68.1310622
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Swisscontact cambodia
11.5437912
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The project

Founded in 1979, the Senior Expert Contact (SEC) provides rapid, hands-on support to small and medium enterprises and institutions in developing countries and Eastern Europe. Highly experienced volunteers impart their expert skills and knowledge to small and medium enterprises (SME) and institutions, which otherwise do not have access to this level of professional, affordable support.

SME and education or training institutes, as well as other organisations in developing countries and Eastern Europe, can request an SEC expert if they require technical expertise to overcome business and structural impediments, but cannot afford this at market prices.

Results

Each year, around 140 SMEs and institutions benefit from expert consultancy assignments.
Today, more than 700 mainly retired technical experts, ranging from craftspersons to  hotel managers to marketing specialists, provide their expertise and valuable professional experience.
Since 1979, the SEC has carried out over 3,000 assignments, with experts having provided roughly 1,200,000 hours of voluntary work. This is equal to an estimated 45 million Swiss francs.

SEC assignments result in:

  • Improvements in product quality
  • More efficient work flows
  • Improved work conditions
  • Higher competitiveness on the local market
  • Employment creation
  • Poverty reduction

Financing partners

This project is part of the Swisscontact Development Programme, which is co-financed by SDC (Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA).

News

Entrepreneurial ecosystems
12.08.2021
The impact of SEC remote assignments evaluated
Since the start of the pandemic, SEC has been supporting their clients with expert consultancy virtually. The impact study reveals the results of these remote assignments: how well they met the clients' needs and how efficiently the advice has been put into practice.
Kosovo
Entrepreneurial ecosystems
29.07.2021
Kosovo Entrepreneur Brings Nut Based Products to the Market
The cozy store of ‘Pelini’s’ in Prishtina contains a rich list of delightful and healthy products: various types of nuts, fresh butter instantly made using nuts, cold pressed oil from nuts, dried fruit, types of flour, these being ingredients that are increasingly becoming part of a healthy-living diet.  
Cambodia
Entrepreneurial ecosystems
14.07.2021
Application Open for SEC Remote Assignment in Cambodia
Welcome, entrepreneurs! Are you running a growing business? Are you looking for a short-term demand-oriented consultancy to help your business thrive? Senior Expert Contact (SEC) Remote Assignment is now open.

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